Unlike your tires, you can’t see your brake pads at a glance. So how do you know when they need to be changed? Keeping your brake pads in good condition is crucial for your safety. In this blog, we’ll explore the telltale signs that it’s time to replace your car’s brake pads.
Signs your brake pads may be due for replacement
1. Brake Pedal Feels Different & Reduced Braking Performance
If your brake pedal sinks farther down than usual and it takes longer to stop your car, it’s a sign that your brake pads may be worn down. This change means they’re not providing the necessary grip to stop your car over a shorter distance
Tip: To prevent premature wear, avoid applying the brakes excessively and practice smooth braking.
2. Squealing or Screeching Noises
Listen for a high-pitched squeal or screech when you hit the brakes. This noise is like a built-in alarm, telling you that your brake pads are getting too thin. It’s caused by a small metal piece, the wear indicator, touching the brake rotor.
Tip: Avoid abrupt stops whenever possible to extend the life of your brake pads.
3. Vibrations or Pulsations
Feel vibrations or pulsations when you press the brake pedal? It’s a sign that your brake discs may have uneven wear due to worn-out brake pads. Ignoring this can lead to more significant problems and higher repair costs such as having to replace your brake discs..
Tip: Regularly service your car to ensure your brakes are in optimal condition.
4. Warning Light on the Dashboard
Some newer cars come with a dashboard warning light dedicated to brake pad wear. Don’t ignore it! Consult your owner’s manual to understand the warning, but in general, it means your brake pads need attention.
Tip: Periodically check your brake fluid levels and replace this astop up as needed to maintain braking performance. Check out our brake service products.
5. Visual Inspection
Although you usually can’t see the brake pads clearly without removing the wheels, you can often check them visually through the wheel spokes. If they appear too thin (usually less than a quarter of an inch), schedule a brake inspection.
Tip: Regularly inspect your brake pads during routine tire maintenance to stay ahead of your next brake pad replacement.